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Funding boost for coastal communities in East Devon, Brighton and Yorkshire

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A new Jurassic visitor centre in East Devon is 1 of 3 projects to receive a cash boost from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

A new Jurassic visitor centre in East Devon is 1 of 3 projects to receive a cash boost from the government’s multi-million pound Coastal Communities Fund.

The projects are to be given the additional funding to help continue work that will create jobs. The government is committed to helping seaside towns create vibrant economies as part of the long-term economic plan to boost jobs, infrastructure and businesses around the country.

Seaton Jurassic in East Devon will receive £200,000 to carry out excavation work for a new visitor centre which will welcome more than 66,000 visitors, create £4 million of local economic growth, and create 103 jobs. The interactive visitor centre will tell the story of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.

And the Youth Hostel Association will receive £150,000 for the renovation of 2 new hostels, one in Brighton and the other in Yorkshire, which will boost tourism. The projects will provide new and improved holiday accommodation, create a new café in Brighton and bring about 76 jobs.

Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said:

Investing in our coastal towns so they can reach their full potential is an important part of our long-term economic plan. These projects will drive forward new business opportunities, create local jobs, and boost the local economy.

The government is committed to supporting coastal communities across the country so they can become thriving year-round success stories that people are proud to work and live in.

The £116 million Coastal Communities Fund is supporting 212 projects across the UK which are creating almost 12,400 jobs and providing more than 6,000 training places and apprenticeships.

The fund was launched in 2012 to help seaside towns reduce unemployment, create new opportunities for young people and help each area achieve its full economic potential.

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